Washington DC - Nigerian President’s attempt to “draw” King Mohammed VI into his election campaign did not surprise me. In fact, it highlights Rabat’s missed diplomatic opportunities in West Africa. On several occasions, I have called on Moroccan diplomats to reach out to Abuja and make a case for the Kingdom’s positions. Nigeria’s anti-Morocco stand at the African Union stems from a misunderstanding of the Western Sahara issue and a lack of a Moroccan diplomatic initiative to win over this African giant.

Hassan Masiky was born in Kenitra, Morocco, and is based in Washington as a blogger and freelance writer.